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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 07-16-2012, 04:36 AM Thread Starter
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Default Time to start thinking about Christmas presents

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Its time for me to start thinking about what Christmas presents I will be making this year I have decided to make rather than buy a whole stack of unwanted ****e this year. I make this promise to myself every year but run out of time so Im getting ahead of the game this year.

Im looking for some plans and hints as to how to make the good old fashioned pencil cases that have a sliding lid and swing apart to reveal the second area beneath. I have attached a picture of the sort of thing Im thinking of.

If any one has any links to any plans to make these - I know my kids and nephews will be very grateful.

Looking forward to hearing back from you

regards from Munich

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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 07-16-2012, 06:09 AM
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What a cool Idea. I made something like this at school 30+ years ago. No router but. I did have one (2 now) thought about the end of the pencil grooves. Looks like the beginning of a pocket hole, though after 2nd thoughts, a router sled on a curved table would also be cool.

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Hmmm, I would need two versions. This one would be great for grandson (6) but drandaughters (2,3) need crayon version.

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I now just go to Costco and buy flank steak for their BBQ.
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That's an interesting project. To make one exactly like that one will require a few interesting jigs and set-ups, not even considering the carved top. If you decide to do this and need help with any of the steps, a question posted here will probably provide you with many ways to accomplish it. Routing the pockets, the pencil grooves, and the slide for the cover will be interesting challenges and each can be done several ways. Please keep us posted with your progress, photos too if you can.


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Rhett, that is a cool-looking pencil box you have pictured there. I've never seen one quite like that one. My Dad (no longer with us) used to make little things similar to that and whenever he did, his wood choice would always be Spanish Cedar. I am guessing that with the close proximity of the grooves - they were all hand carved. It would be very difficult (not impossible) to do that with a router, but I'm thinking the router work would need to be done on larger workpieces than those finished parts. Good Luck!


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Made me think of the old style chess/checkers travel boxes.
(A challenge with the marquetry on top I'm gussing.)
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I just checked my DIY folder and found a pdf file that contains all the specs and material list for a pencil box (but not as elaborate as yours).
I am sure they were a free download from Woodworkers Journal but I did not post them here because there may be some copyright issue if I do.

If it would be correct to post them here, someone please send me a note and I will upload them.
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